Dr Ben Lane - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Ben Lane

BSocSc(Psych)(Hons) Sunshine Coast, PhD Sunshine Coast

  • Research Fellow, Cyber Security
+61 7 5459 4585
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ICG. 78
Sunshine Coast
Dr Ben Lane

Dr Ben Lane is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems. He currently works on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project on understanding identity trading in darknet marketplaces. This role involves applying human factors methods (such as CWA, EAST and STAMP) and collaborating with partner organisations to co-design research solutions to problems that arise in the rapidly evolving cyber sector.

Ben completed his PhD in psychology, investigating attentional processes related to body image, and maintains a passion for research addressing eating disorders, health and mental health alongside his role in cybersecurity. His current interest is in applying human factors methods to understand the complexity influencing access to treatment for people with eating disorders. Ben has lectured in introductory psychology, health psychology and positive psychology.

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  • University Medal for highest academic achievement in Faculty of Arts and Business - USC (2012)
  • Runner-up in 3 Minute Thesis competition - USC (2013)
  • Rotary Postgraduate Scholarship (2013)
  • APS Prize in Psychology - USC and Australian Psychological Society (2013)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2013-2016)
  • Finalist for Marc Resnick Best Paper Award – HFES (2018)
Featured publications
  • Lane, B. R., Lacey, D., Stanton, N. A., Matthews, A., & Salmon, P. M. (2018). The dark side of the net: Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork (EAST) applied to illicit trading on a darknet market. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 62, 282-286.
  • Lane, B. R., Mulgrew, K. E., White, M. J., & Mahar, D. (2018). Effects of the muscular ideal on appearance-related attentional biases in men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/MEN0000170
  • Lane, B. R., Mulgrew, K. E, Mahar, D., White, M. J., & Loughnan, S. A. (2017). The effects of priming in a cued dot-probe task on appearance-related attentional biases in women. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50, 817-825.
  • Katsikitis, M., Lane, B. R., Ozols, I., & Statham, D. (2017). Consumer and carer perspectives in the development of a mental health research, treatment, and teaching facility: A thematic analysis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24, 534-544.
Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Understanding the influence of systemic factors and changes on treatment access for people with eating disorders Lane (CI) & Cook USC Industry Connect Scheme (A$21,700) 2018-2019 The research applies systems thinking to understand sociotechnical influences on treatment access for people with eating disorders as a new Medicare funding model is introduced in the region.
Consumer and carer attitudes in the establishment of a mental health research, teaching, and treatment facility on the Sunshine Coast. Katsikitis (CI), Lane, Ozols, & Statham USC Engagement Research Support Grant (A$7500) 2014-2015 This project began dialogue and partnership with consumers of mental health services, and carers of such individuals, to identify their needs and the limitations of services in the local region.

Research areas

  • Eating disorders
  • Darknet markets
  • Human factors
  • Attentional biases
  • Body image
  • Mental health
  • Self-compassion

Teaching areas

  • Psychology

Dr Ben Lane’s specialist areas of knowledge include human factors methods applied to darknet marketplaces, cyber security and identity theft as well as biases of attention related to body image.

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